The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office continues to make arrests in narcotics cases and assist the Department of Community Supervision. One of the major tasks facing the Sheriff’s Office is providing assistance to probation officers from Community Supervision in conducting their operations.
On January 7, deputies were assisting probation officers with a search of a residence. Upon arrival to the residence, officers made contact with two subjects, John Prescott and Elizabeth Banks, both of Folkston. Both were arrested on pre-existing warrants. A search revealed suspected narcotics and contraband. Both subjects were transported to the jail where they were booked on possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug-related objects, as well as their existing warrants. Banks was released on bond the following day. Prescott is being held on a probation warrant without bail.
January 15, Deputy Daniel Crosby was on patrol in the Dixie Lake area when he clocked a vehicle traveling 53 mph in a 35 zone. Deputy Crosby conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Marcel Stewart, of Folkston. Deputy Crosby contacted dispatch to run the driver’s license through GCIC, and the license came back as suspended. Stewart was arrested for the suspended license and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed marijuana and methamphetamine. Stewart was transported to the jail and booked on possession of a controlled substance, possession of a drug related object, misdemeanor marijuana possession, and driving while license suspended. He is being held without bail.
Also on January 15, Deputy Doug Popp conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling northbound on GA Hwy 4 with a non-working headlight. The vehicle stopped at the Harvey’s parking lot and Deputy Popp made contact with the driver, Robert Batten, Jr., of Nahunta. Dispatch reported the tag on the vehicle as stolen out of Brantley County. Deputy Popp removed the driver and passenger, Mr. Jimmy Crews, Jr. of Nahunta, from the vehicle and conducted a free air sniff with his K-9 partner, Hank. Hank made a positive alert on the vehicle. Upon searching the occupants and the vehicle, Deputy Popp discovered a brown crystal-like substance and marijuana. Both subjects were transported to the jail and booked on possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Batten is being held without bail and Crews is being held on a $9,000.00 bond.
January 16, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office were once again assisting officers from the Department of Community Supervision conduct a probation search at the residence of John Roddenberry, of Folkston. During the search, a clear vial and a homemade smoking device were located in the subject’s vehicle. The vial tested positive for methamphetamine. Roddenberry was transported to the jail and booked on possession of methamphetamine, possession of a drug-related object, and violation of probation. He is being held without bail.
January 23, Deputy Doug Popp made a traffic stop for failure to maintain lane. Investigator Sammie Hendrix was assisting with the traffic stop. Deputy Popp made contact with the occupants, Ronald Watson, of Folkston and Opal Layfield, of Jacksonville. Watson informed the deputy his license was suspended. While Investigator Hendrix gave Watson’s information to dispatch to confirm the suspended license, Deputy Popp and his K-9 partner, Hank, conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle. Hank gave a positive alert and a subsequent search revealed baggies with a crystal-like substance, empty baggies, digital scales, and syringes with needles. Both subjects were transported to the jail and booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of drug-related objects. Watson is being held on a $17,000.00 bond. Layfield is being held on a bond of $23,500.00.
The Charlton County Sheriff’s Office continues to focus on keeping dangerous and destructive drugs off the streets. The Sheriff and his staff consider this to be a top priority for the agency. The Sheriff would also like to extend his thanks and appreciation to all the law enforcement agencies that coordinate with his office.
Sheriff Dobie Conner said, “We are proud to work with and assist The Department of Community Supervision, Folkston Police Department, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and many other agencies made up of dedicated men and women who have devoted their lives and careers to protecting our communities and citizens.”